About the course

About the course

Start your journey towards becoming an interior design professional with our interior design and decoration course.

Our course covers both residential (involving styling, interior decorating, fabrics and furnishing) and commercial (working in retail, offices, restaurants and hotels) interior design, offering the opportunity to learn advanced technical and practical skills on the finishing and furnishing of interior spaces to meet client needs in order to generate design solutions.

You'll examine styles and trends over the decades, and how they have influenced interior design today, developing skills in:

  • interpreting clients brief
  • research and analysis
  • planning and designing space
  • decoration and/interior styling
  • selecting finishes and furnishings
  • colour theory and lighting
  • use of CAD to communicate design solutions
  • supplier specifications and purchasing
  • sustainable work practices

Briefs are set by industry experts to mirror the real-life experiences of an interior designer where the need for space is designed for a particular purpose, and applying problem solving solutions to achieve this end.

Our supportive staff assist you throughout the duration of the course, with a focus on helping you develop strong communication skills and preparing you to enter this dynamic industry. You'll also develop a folio reflecting your individual creativity to showcase to potential employers or clients.

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Course will be replaced

Please note: This training package will change in the near future and minor alterations to the course will occur. All new students will be enrolled into the new course.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

18 February and 15 July

Full time: 12 months (day) or 18 months (evening)

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion of our interior design and decoration course you can apply for various roles in the industry, including as an interior designer, interior stylist, colour consultant or real estate staging consultant. Employment may be found in retail, consulting or building businesses, where you will perform a broad range of skilled applications in furnishing, including requirements to evaluate and analyse current conditions, develop new criteria and provide guidance to builders, clients and customers direct.


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Entry Requirements

You must have:

  • successfully completed Year 12 or
  • be mature age


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


Direct entry: you must book an interview and present a folio

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

After successful completion, you can articulate into MSF60113 Advanced Diploma of Interior Design at another Registered Training Organisation or TAFE provider.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 5

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $8,312.00
Full Tuition Fee $15,585.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material Fees$1,000.00
Retain Course Items***No fee applies
* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.
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Course Structure

This course is comprised of 29 units

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Box Hill Institute’s Creative Design Hub provides first-class leadership by showcasing best practices, support, and training in the vibrant world of design. The space offers photography and graphic design students the ability to collaborate with aspiring fashion designers, and includes sewing rooms, patternmaking tables, CAD rooms and a photographic studio. 

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